Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Let The Mystery of Kahil El'Zabar Be Known

The elusive art of jazz has proven notoriously difficult to capture on film. But, in its own idiosyncratic way, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran's new documentary "Be Known" – which has its first, sneak-preview screenings starting Friday January 24, 2014 in Chicago – belongs to the small category of films that not only respect the art of jazz but illuminate it.

Not that "Be Known," which carries the subtitle "The Mystery of Kahil El'Zabar," glamorizes the music or El'Zabar, a brilliant but enigmatic Chicago jazz innovator. On the contrary, the film shows El'Zabar in decidedly unflattering scenes, yet also in moments of viscerally exciting performance. Better still, "Be Known" gives listeners an unflinching, eyes-wide-open look at a jazz musician's daily life, with all the triumphs and humiliations that entails. MORE HERE

Movie trailer HERE

official film website

official El'Zabar website

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